A Texas couple said they captured a “chupacabra.”
Several reports indicate that chupacabras are a mythical creature believed to attack and feed-off livestock.
A report by KFOR said that Ratcliffe, Texas residents Bubba and Jackie Stock caught the animal on Sunday, March 30, 2014. The animal is described as hairless, with large claws, countless teeth, and a ferocious growl. The couple has kept it in a cage outside and were feeding it cat food and corn until someone can determine what it is.
“We were just trying to figure out what it is because we’ve never seen anything like it before,” Stock said.
“I hunted coons for 20 years with dogs and I ain’t ever seen anything that looks like that right there,” said Ratcliffe resident Arlen Parma.
Wildlife Diversity Biologist Brent Ortego with Texas Parks and Wildlife said he assumes the animal is some sort of canine which can be a coyote, dog, or even a fox.
Ortego said the animal may have mange, which could explain the hair loss.
“It’s never been proven to be a unique species. It was always something out there that allegedly was said to cause harm to people or livestock,” Ortego said, according to KFOR.
According to Animal Planet, chupacabras were blamed for a series of livestock attacks were reported in Puerto Rico in the mid-90s. Discovery News said similar reports then spread to Latin America and the U.S.